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Claire Mitchell becomes Scottish Criminal Bar Association President

23 January 2017

The Scottish Criminal Bar Association has a new President in the form of Claire Mitchell, advocate.

Ms Mitchell, Vice President for the past two years, was elected at the SCBA annual meeting to take over from Thomas Ross, who stepped down after two years.

The new Vice President is Tony Lenehan. In other changes, Gill Ross, secretary for five years, is replaced by Wendy Hay, while Gary Allan QC, Rosemary Guinnane, Donna Armstrong and Kelly Duling join the committee as Ximena Vengoechea steps down. Craig Findlater continues as treasurer.

Following her election Ms Mitchell said: “I was honoured to have been nominated by the outgoing President, Thomas Ross, who has worked hard throughout his two years in office and has made a significant improvement to the promotion and protection of the interests of the criminal bar in Scotland.

“Along with Vice President Tony Lenehan and the committee, I hope to continue his work to ensure the views of the SCBA are represented in important issues affecting the bar, and also to promote the importance of the crucial and difficult work our members do representing the interests of those involved in the criminal justice system.”


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